hilton-artsHilton Arts Festival 2017 promotes variety
Monday, 9 October 2017

South Africa - The 2017 Hilton Arts Festival took place on the weekend of 15 September, writes DWR lighting designer Michael Broderick. Now in its 25th year, the festival continues to provide a platform for a wide variety of artistic disciplines.
The event doesn’t differentiate between main and fringe theatre productions and there are no venues dedicated to a single production for any length of time beyond their technical rehearsal time and actual performances. The festival technicians are most often turning around big productions in very short timeframes to cram as much entertainment during the three-day festival.
Black Coffee Productions was the festival’s technical supplier and DWR Distribution provided technical support and equipped every venue with a MA Lighting dot2 Console, with the company saying the ease of use and reliability of these consoles prevented the short technical rehearsals from getting bogged down with programming issues.

mime-axs-consoleAPI Legacy AXS at Made in Memphis
Monday, 9 October 2017

USA- A 32-channel AXS console has been commissioned in Studio A at Made In Memphis Entertainment (MIME).
The new music venture opened its doors this past April, and serves not only as a studio, but also a music label, production company, and publishing group.
Kerry Kernan, chief engineer at MIME says, "The AXS has been a fantastic addition to our studio and has been a joy to track and mix on. I really like the way the AXS has remained truly analogue, yet the automation features can still integrate well with the modern DAW workflow. We are still discovering all of its capabilities."
MIME's CEO David Porter adds: "The legendary API sound combined with the AXS's feature set made for an unbeatable combination for Studio A. We couldn't be happier with our new console."
(Jim Evans)

 
 
danshay2Dan + Shay tour with ChamSys MagicQ
Monday, 9 October 2017

USA - Earlier this year when Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney approached Jeff Mathews of Borealis Stage Lighting about designing a floor package for their upcoming tour, they asked him for something that looked large yet compact.
Mathews, who has been lighting the pop-country duo since early 2016, gave them the bold look they were after by creating a power-packed video and lighting package that he runs with a ChamSys MagicQ MQ 80 and an extra wing. Despite the memorable impression that it’s making on the international tour, Mathews’ 79-universe rig is compact and flexible enough to fit a wide variety of venues.
“Our clients wanted a large package for the summer and fall tour, as well as the spring 2018 tour, that could fit in two trailers alongside the backline,” said Mathews. “Since they play a variety of sized venues -- from clubs and large theatres, to arenas, amphitheatres and festivals -- they also wanted something that could easily be expanded or scaled back.”
After tossing around a few ideas, Mathews and his clients came up with a design plan that called for a lighting and video package on gas-assisted set carts with extended diamond-shaped frames. Hanging between each of the set carts, the diamond frames hold LED video panels. LED video bars outline each of the frames, accentuating their shape.
At the top of each set cart is a T-bar holding a pair of arc beams. LED washes alternating on the top and bottom of the diamond frames are used for specials, backwashing and aerial washing. A collection of eight smaller LED wash fixtures i

 
deepsouthproductionsSGM luminaires at Deep South Productions
Monday, 9 October 2017

USA - Over the past two years, SGM Lighting and Deep South Productions have worked together building a strong business relationship and Deep South Productions has invested heavily in a variety of SGM LED fixtures keeping their inventory at the cutting edge. Located in Louisiana, Deep South Productions is gearing up the southern states with a large SGM stock ranging over wash lights, strobes and moving heads.
“I have been using SGM products since 1996 and had a bunch of Giottos and Flashers. When we needed to move towards LED, we became very enthusiastic about these products,” says Rich Barrett, head lighting designer and programmer of Deep South Productions.
Products available for rent include G-Spot, G-Wash, Q-7, X-5, G-1 Beam, and G-1 Wash with the option of being battery-driven. With this wide range of fixtures and a stockholding of nearly 200 units, end-users with projects of any size and for any occasion will be well-equipped through Deep South Productions.
All SGM fixtures are IP65/66 rated and fully weatherproof. With the capability to combat the heat, humidity, rain, and dust while running at the highest performance, SGM utilizes a patented dehumidifier technology to outlast any season or storm. These LED fixtures also output extremely bright, yet saturated colours, for an impactful display while maintaining low power consumption.
“We never considered doing festivals prior to purchasing SGM products. Our whole philosophy for doing shows has changed 180 degrees. Now we have a chance to make a change. Having fixtures that work in

 
 
robe-saaremaa-opera-festival-2017-0181-3Robe lights Evil Island opera premiere
Monday, 9 October 2017

Estonia - Robe moving lights were specified for major international opera festival Opera Days held on the island of Saaremaa.
The festival saw the world premiere of Nurjatu Saar (The Evil Island) by Estonian rock musician, pianist and composer Rein Rannap, which was performed at a 2,200-capacity structure erected in front of Kuressaare Castle.
Lighting was designed by Margus Vaigur, who, in addition to his freelance design work, heads the lighting team at the Endla theatre in Parnu, a high-profile repertory house. He’s lit the Saaremaa Opera Days event in 2013, and this year was asked back by director Vahur Keller.
He specified 84 x Robe moving lights to assist with an eye-catching lighting scheme to accompany the drama unfolding onstage.
Inspiration for the lighting started with the music and ambience of the piece, explained Margus. The Evil Island is a familiar story about power and fragility which immediately lent itself to being lit combining techniques from two very different performance genres – rock and opera. These share several aesthetic character traits.
There was a video element upstage to consider, adding a third layer to the visual picture, and right from the start, Margus knew that Robe’s Spiider LED wash beams would be perfect to provide all the base stage lighting coverage.
A series of trusses were flown in the roof underneath the tensile roof structure.
Sixteen Spiiders were spread along two sets of balcony rails on a raised upstage section of the set which was design

 
robe-deutschland-opening-dsc09717-6x4Robe Deutschland HQ inaugurated
Friday, 6 October 2017

Germany - Robe Deutschland officially opened its new HQ in Ismaning near Munich last week in an event which also showcased Robe’s brand new MegaPointe moving light.
Guests, including lighting / visual designers, programmers, technicians as well as professionals from various venues, TV studios, theatres and rental companies, could tour the new office, warehouse and Light Lab facilities, then experience a specular lightshow designed, programmed and operated by top Swiss LD Ronald Huber, illustrating the many features and functionality of the new MegaPointe and fixtures from Robe’s current ranges.
In addition to enjoying the spectacle, guests could see products close-up and engage in a number of full demonstrations including the DL Series, the VIVA CMY and the RoboSpot series of follow-spotting products.
“We are extremely happy that all our German customers have direct access to our brand via this highly talented, experienced, well-connected and enthusiastic team,” stated Robe CEO Josef Valchar, who led a contingent from the international sales and project team attending the office inauguration and MegaPointe launch event.
Robe’s sales director Harry von den Stemmen added, “This event was a great success, the office and the MegaPointe were extremely well received and we look forward to a positive and proactive future in Germany with plenty of business opportunities.”
Robe Deutschland is a wholly-owned Robe subsidiary launched in April at the Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt. It enables Robe and sister architectural LED

 
 
timax-stagespaceTiMax and 1602 Group at AES New York 2017
Friday, 6 October 2017

USA - Out Board will exhibit its TiMax spatial audio and showcontrol products on the booth of its US distributor 1602 Group at this year’s New York AES 2017 show to be held on 18-21 October 2017 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (booth 451).
TiMax SoundHub and TiMax Tracker will be demonstrated, combining adaptive object-based spatial reinforcement techniques for live vocal, instrument imaging and immersive audio with precision performer stage-tracking for automated vocal mic localisation. Out Board’s Dave Haydon and Robin Whittaker will introduce the new dimensionally-aware StageSpace intelligent object programming interface for TiMax. This adaptive spatial audio rendering resource automatically configures fully-editable delay-matrix localisation objects for TiMax SoundHub spatial audio processor and TiMax Tracker automation.
Also showcased is the new TiMax SoundHub VR playback, spatial audio and showcontrol variant which made its European debut earlier in the year. This new product marks Out Board’s move to support rapidly growing demand for tightly-synchronised, low-latency immersive audio in multimedia VR content for the theme-park ride-car and experiential-exhibit marketplaces.
Out Board TiMax are also sponsors of the show’s Broadway Sound Expo and will deliver an insightful 40-minute presentation entitled Spatial Reinforcement - the New Normal for Vocal Mics and Immersive Sound Effects in Theatre on Thursday, 19 October, at 15:00-15:45 on Stage One.
(Jim Evans)

 
tutDWR Distribution supports Hello
Friday, 6 October 2017

South Africa - With the aim to inform, inspire, mobilize and educate community members involved in the arts, the fourth Hello Community Arts Development Programme and Festival was hosted at the Breytenbach Theatre from 16 - 26 August, with DWR Distribution and the SOS Charity fund supporting the event.
Hello is the vision of Hardus Koekemoer and Wandile Mgcodo from the Department of Entertainment Technology at the Tshwane University of Technology, has seen its state funding slashed, but the university, alongside DWR Distribution and radio broadcaster 93.6 Tshwane FM, have continued to invest in the project.
“We were presented with vast talent around Gauteng, and with the introduction of a poetry evening added to the theatre and music productions, we gained a new audience,” explained Wandile Mgcodo. “My highlight is always seeing the groups performing on a professional stage, for which to some, it’s the first time. Of course, we can’t forget the students, who are so passionate that you sometimes forget about all other problems.”
“For the students, the festival offers an experimental learning experience outside the box,” said Wandile. “The community groups, on the other hand, appreciate the opportunity given to them. To grow the festival, our plan is to involve more stakeholders in the art fraternity and put more efforts in marketing the project in order to attract more artists and to enlarge the audience.”
Duncan Riley of DWR and the SOS believes it’s very important to give back. “So many individuals in our

 
 
marco-leccidLive in the mix for Florence Foundation celebration
Friday, 6 October 2017

Italy - An Allen & Heath dLive S Class mixing system was selected for a recent large scale classical music production at Mandela Forum, Florence, which saw over 460 musicians and choristers perform a selection of works to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Florence Foundation.
La Piazza Incantata included members of the Choir of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino with the soloists of the May Academy, the Orchestra of the Conservatorio Cherubini, the Italian Youth Orchestra of the Music School of Fiesole and the Orchestra of Tuscany.
Production company ABC srl Rome was responsible for the audio for the event, which required 148 mic inputs, over six stereo matrix, and multiple Aux groups for monitor mixes. To achieve this, ABC used a dLive S7000 surface, with a DM64 mix rack and three fully-loaded DX32 I/O expanders to handle both FOH and monitor mixing.
With such a large number of inputs, the performance posed a number of technical challenges, but in combination with their dLive system, the production team delivered a seamless show to an audience of 3,500 people, leading to a two-minute standing ovation.
“For this performance, the compact format, easy interface and flexible routing of the dLive S7000 system made it the perfect choice,” said sound engineer, Marco Lecci.
“The sound was also great,” he continues. “The dLive captured the extremely dynamic sound of the orchestra perfectly. The preamps are transparent and the EQ, Dynamics and FX are really good.”
(Jim Evans)

 
activateAbsen takes centre stage at ActiVate
Friday, 6 October 2017

Ireland - Absen Europe showcased its digital display solutions at ActiVate, an exclusive two-day event in Ireland hosted by its VAP partner Eurotek Ireland and sister company Avtek Solutions.
The two-day showcase took place at Shelbourne Hall, RDS, in Dublin and was attended by 200 of Eurotek and Avtek’s top clients from a variety of sectors. Four Absen LED displays were the centrepiece of the exhibit: the weatherproof Absen X5 display wall was mounted outside on a mobile trailer at the entrance to the showcase; a second in super wide format (13m x 2.5m) in the reception area; and one as part of an archway which formed the transition from one space to the next. In addition, the award-winning Absen M2.9 LED panels were installed in the live event area to mark its debut in the Irish market.
Graham Lowen, commercial director for Eurotek Group, oversaw the project and remarks: “We selected these particular Absen products because they helped us to tell our story. The X5 is able to demonstrate high quality image reproduction indoors and outdoors at around 5mm pixel pitch which is today’s talking point, while the new M2.9 showcased next generation technology in spectacular style.”
Ross Burling, business development manager UK & Ireland and account manager for Eurotek at Absen Europe, comments: “Shelbourne Hall is a large exhibition space, and in this kind of environment it is crucial that the products can be installed quickly and efficiently. In addition, and more so than ever for a showcase event such as this, high quality from a visual perf

 
 
New appointments at Consultancy Team
Friday, 6 October 2017

UK - Audio-visual consulting company Consultancy Team UK has appointed a PR manager and a technical specialist.
Amy Harker has become business public relations manager and will manage the company’s public relations and marketing as well as contributing to their business development strategies. With 20 years’ experience in the media industry, Amy comments, “Consultancy Team UK are strongly committed to continue to offer a full spectrum of highly regarded audio-visual consulting, design and installation services and I look forward to driving forward global growth whilst maintaining a strong history of high standards.”
Emrys Jones has been appointed as technical specialist and will be overseeing all elements of design, installation and production for numerous projects within the company’s portfolio. With 20 years industry experience Emrys has led many key accounts, commissioned and overseen large scale projects and provided services to a wide variety of international technical and production companies.
(Jim Evans)

 
nikki-fhaloraNatural History Museum bolsters events team
Friday, 6 October 2017

UK - Natural History Museum has bolstered its specialist in-house events team with the appointment of Nikki Fhalora filling a maternity cover.
Nikki will be managing event enquiries, client liaison and overseeing the delivery of both internal and external events over a busy festive 2017 following the refurbishment of the Hintze Hall space.
She comments: “The Natural History Museum is one of the most iconic venues in London and it has always been my dream to work here, having studied history at university I am so lucky to be able to combine my love for the subject with my passion for events in such a varied and interesting role. My favourite space in the Museum is Fossil Way which can be dressed so delightfully by our suppliers for any event from champagne receptions to intimate sit-down dinners.”
Robert Wetherell, head of venue hire at the Museum adds: “I’m thrilled to welcome Nikki to the team here. Having completed a huge renovation this is an incredibly exciting time for the events team and we look forward to deliver a wealth of memorable events across our extensive choice of stunning event spaces.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
kinesys-expands-with-3-new-employeesTrio joins Kinesys
Friday, 6 October 2017

UK - Automation and motion control specialist and manufacturer Kinesys has announced three new appointments in digital marketing, software development and workshop technical at the company’s HQ in Hampton, Middlesex
This is a result of a busy year to date and a surge in business following the launch of a new range of motion control hoists – Apex - in April, plus an expansion of the brand’s worldwide dealer network.
Kinesys co-founder and MD Dave Weatherhead stated: “It’s been a strong year and we’re pleased to welcome our three new staff. Their skills and personalities are a perfect complement to the current team as we prepare for a new and exciting phase in Kinesys’ development.”
Charlie Felicien joins as digital marketing & communications assistant. He will be working closely with MD Dave Weatherhead and David Bond who heads up Kinesys USA to develop global brand strategies for the entertainment automation manufacturer.
Software application engineer Alessandro Manicone’s core duties will include coding, and he will also be assisting with some general software support.
Matthew Daglish comes on-board as workshop technician, where his key role will be product assembly and testing.
The Kinesys USA team has also recently increased, reflecting healthy interest in the art of automation and motion control, which is becoming an increasingly popular additional visual dimension for shows and events.
(Jim Evans)

 
robe-basel-tattoo-2017-pst1117Robe BMFLs on parade for Basel Tattoo
Friday, 6 October 2017

Switzerland - Seventy Robe BMFL moving lights – 48 BMFL Blades and 22 x BMFL WashBeams were used on the 2017 Basel Tattoo, one of the leading military tattoos in Europe, which is staged for a week in a temporary structure erected in front of the Kaserne former military barracks in the centre of the city in northwest Switzerland.
The BMFLs were part of a lighting scheme by Rolf Derrer for the week-long Tattoo which features 10 shows and capacity audiences of 7500 for each one. Working closely with Rolf was programmer and his right-hand person Reto Engler, who has worked on the event since 2013.
The BMFLs were supplied by Winkler Multimedia Events AG from Wohlen together with the rest of the lighting kit and the full technical production. Winkler’s technical director Roni Huber first started looking for new and more powerful fixtures after the 2016 show, when Reto and Rolf decided that it was time for a fresh, different look and approach to lighting the event - utilizing less fixtures, but brighter lightsources.
The 70 x BMFLs made a massive difference to how they could light the parade ground, which benefitted from a large boost in lumens to cover the whole space and the featured military bands plus three dance troupes, one horseback troupe and a motorcycle display team. The two-hour all-action show was directed by Erik Julliard, producer and CEO of the Basel Tattoo.
Left and right of the field-of-play were two MiTrix video screens and the front of the Kaserne building was mapped with large format projections, 66m wide by 11m high, fed by s

 
 
marriottaG-Spots endure climate changes in Orlando
Friday, 6 October 2017

USA - SGM’s G-Spot LED moving head fixtures can be found poolside at the Orlando World Centre Marriott hotel in Orlando, Florida.
Enduring the Florida climate year-round was a main concern when choosing a product for this installation and SGM’s patented dehumidifier works consistently to keep all unwanted moisture out of the fixtures.
For the installation, K-System’s Mitchell Piper was contracted to put together an entertainment package that would suit the permanent Light Up the Night show that was to take place over the pool area. The nightly spectacular has four rotating shows as well as unique holiday and special occasion shows. The shows originally planned to have only lasers, but quickly morphed into a spectacle that required moving heads, audio and more. Piper then reached out to his business partner, Ken White of Millennium Waves for assistance with the project.
Piper had not used SGM products previous to this installation, but had heard about them through friends and rental companies. After hearing about their IP65/66 ratings, he knew he could trust the G-Spots to perform under the extreme conditions. He claims: “The G-Spots were perfect for us! We needed something that could withstand the tropical environment. It was important to find a fixture that not only met all the needs of the project, but the fixture needed to perform, last and be functional in the installed environment. I don’t need to be in Maine wondering if fixtures in Florida are working!”
Lighting designer, Ted Dunbar, stated, “Despite being rated

 
kidrock1-2017toddkaplanloKid Rock strikes up excitement with Chauvet in Detroit
Friday, 6 October 2017

USA - Covering 650,000sq.ft and rising eight stories above the ground, the new Little Caesars Arena stands as a symbol of the comeback taking place in America’s Motor City.
On 12 September, Detroit’s hometown hero Kid Rock christened the multi-use complex by performing its inaugural concert as part of a six-night home stand that sold out in one day. Just before he took the stage, the big arena’s house lights went dark and Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ (the city’s unofficial anthem) blared over the sound system. When the song’s famous line Born and raised in South Detroit came on, the entire hall erupted with cheers and, as if on cue, the darkness was simultaneously blown away by intense bright light.
This lighting salvo would be the first of many ballyhoo moments in the rollicking Little Caesars Arena kickoff concert that designer Nook Schoenfeld dramatized with STRIKE 4 fixtures from Chauvet Professional. Kid Rock’s longtime LD used 12 of the multi-formatted luminaires supplied by Upstaging, Inc., flying the units 40-feet in the air, six across the front truss, two on the middle truss to light the first ten rows, and four on side truss to provide 270° lighting in the arena.
In addition to providing intense bursts of light at key moments during the two-hour show, which featured a guest appearance by Uncle Kracker, video salutes to veterans and Detroit sports legends, animated stage skits and hard-driving music, the STRIKE 4s helped facilitate Kid Rock’s strong connection to his audience.
“This artist has

 
 
celticCeltic FC upgrades with Bosch and Electro-Voice
Friday, 6 October 2017

UK - London-based electronics engineering company PEL Services was commissioned to design and install upgrades to the public address and emergency sound systems at Celtic FC’s 60,000-seat stadium Celtic Park.
With a stadium-wide IT network and existing public address infrastructure already in place, PEL advised the selection of Bosch Praesideo digital Public Address and Emergency Sound System with Electro-Voice pro audio loudspeakers to improve coverage, clarity and fidelity within the main bowl area of the stadium.
Because both systems can be interfaced to the Dante networking standard, the Bosch Praesideo system and all Electro-Voice loudspeakers are monitored and controlled remotely via Electro-Voice N8000 NetMax digital matrix controllers.
Vic Swain, engineering director for PEL, says: “The club wanted a state-of-the-art emergency notification system, and wanted to integrate that with an audio system that would provide clear sound for every seat in the house. It’s a challenging project, but the combined solution of Bosch and Electro-Voice works perfectly.”
The first phase of the operation was the installation of the Bosch Praesideo public address and emergency sound system, serving what Swain refers to as the “back of house” area: the internal portions of the stadium, including concourses, turnstiles, restrooms, and offices. Its open architecture and high level of redundancy makes Praesideo a scalable, reliable solution that exceeds safety standards while offering complete communications flexibility.
The stadium system i

 
etc-ldi-studentsETC announces student sponsorship winners
Thursday, 5 October 2017

USA –ETC has selected seven recipients of its annual LDI Student Sponsorship, giving them an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas and a full conference pass.
The students will get to see the latest entertainment technology, have access to LDI seminars and training, and the opportunity to network with industry professionals at special events. Each sponsorship recipient will be matched with a mentor as the students transition from academics into the working world.
The 2017 recipients of the ETC LDI Student Sponsorship are:
K. Jenna Ferree: A graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, K. Jenna Ferree is earning a master of fine arts in lighting design, and holds a bachelor of fine arts in lighting design and technical theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her lighting design credits include The River, Detroit, and The Pillowman.
Tori Mays: Tori Mays is working toward a master of fine arts in lighting design from the University of Arizona, after earning a bachelor of fine arts in theatre design and technology from Rockford University in Illinois in 2016. Her lighting design has been seen on Tigers Be Still and Born Yesterday at the Arizona Repertory Theatre.
Nicholas Palatella: In his final year of undergraduate studies at Ithaca College, Nick Palatella is pursuing a bachelor of fine arts in theatrical production arts with a concentration in lighting design. Shows for which he’s designed the lighting include Cendrillon, Winter Bodies and Bald Soprano at Ithaca College.

 
 
adamson-benumsweden-sept17-hrAdamson restructures distribution in Sweden
Thursday, 5 October 2017

Sweden - Adamson Systems Engineering and Benum Sweden have announced a strategic new distribution agreement for the Swedish market, which finds the two companies working in tandem with previous distributor Stonehouse Show Technologies AB to build the premium loudspeaker brand’s sales and profile in Scandinavia’s largest economy.
In the new arrangement, Benum will oversee Swedish distribution while Stonehouse will maintain its strong focus on AV installations as an Adamson integration partner. Stonehouse’s sister production rental company Soundforce Scandinavian AB will remain a key Adamson rental account and provide senior consultancy and demo support across the country, especially for larger and higher-profile projects.
“Our partnership with Adamson is built on a shared set of values and has been very successful in Norway,” begins Peter Engström, CEO of Benum Sweden. “We’re looking forward to working with them and their key partners in Sweden, Stonehouse and Soundforce, on a unified wavefront that will ensure shared growth and success in two complementary national markets.”
“We are very excited to improve our sales and support capabilities in the Swedish market so significantly with this collaborative arrangement that includes our new exclusive distributor, Benum, as well as Soundforce as an esteemed rental provider and Stonehouse as a key integration partner,” adds Jochen Sommer, director of European operations for Adamson.
(Jim Evans)

 
cathedral-of-faith-2PixelFLEX LED makes impact at Cathedral of Faith
Thursday, 5 October 2017

USA - In San Jose, California, the Cathedral of Faith has been providing powerful and encouraging worship services for its congregation since its inception in 1965. Believing in the power of multimedia arts to help convey their message, the technical team behind those services is asked to create the ideal worship environment each week.
Knowing that they needed to renovate their production design with LED video to maintain a high level of creativity and performance, the church recently worked with Nashville-based PixelFLEX and installed a new FLEXTour 3.9mm LED video system.
“I initially looked at LED video technology about 10 years ago, but at that time it was too cost-prohibitive so we ended up installing anLCD TV wall for our worship design,” began Kurt Foreman, director of operations, Cathedral of Faith. “It worked well, but it had its limitations, and we couldn’t send a live video feed to it. As LED video has now become more cost-effective, we started looking at manufacturers that could meet the challenge of our HD cameras for the live IMAG video feed, and that’s when we discovered the FLEXTour system from PixelFLEX.
“We saw that other churches have been using PixelFLEX technology in their worship designs, and they were actually the last manufacturer we looked at during our search for the right technology,” continued Forman. “Although they assured us their video screens would look great with our HD camera’s, when we saw their demo it was more than we could ever had dreamed, and the impact that it now has on our worship environ

 
 
martin-japanMartin Audio Japan product launch
Thursday, 5 October 2017

Japan - Martin Audio Japan recently launched the British manufacturer’s latest range of products at the Nakano Zero Theatre in Tokyo. This was the first territorial exposé of the new suite which received its global premier earlier this year at Frankfurt’s Prolight+Sound Show.
Supporting the Tokyo event was Martin Audio R&D director, Jason Baird. He first introduced the LE and XE floor monitors before turning to the Wavefront Precision WPM and WPC line arrays after the intermission.
Developed in consultation with leading monitor engineers and combining sleek, low-profile enclosures with unique Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology, the XE300 (1 x 12” LF) and XE500 (1 x 15” LF) are designed to deliver perfect monitor sound with a defined coverage pattern that allows the artist freedom of movement, while reducing overlap with adjacent monitors. The LE100 (1 x 12” LF”) and the LE200 (1 x 15” LF) bring engineering innovation to everyday stage monitoring — delivering exceptional performance at an unbelievable price point.
Both the WPC (2 x 10” LF) and WPM (2 x 6.5” LF), are designed as complete line array systems with the newly announced external iKON multi-channel amplifiers optimised by Martin Audio’s automated DISPLAY software.
Since Nakano Zero is a theatre-style venue, after the explanation of each product attendees were invited onto the stage to test the systems via microphone as they walked around the stage. This provided a rare opportunity to hear all the new wedge speakers alongside each other and to test th

 
baldwin-bBaldwin Boxall at Intersec 2018 in Dubai
Thursday, 5 October 2017

UAE - Baldwin Boxall looks forward to welcoming visitors at its stand (number 4-H20) at Intersec Dubai in January 2018.
Visitors to the stand will see the EN54 (LPCB) certified VIGIL voice evacuation system and the company’s Omnicare EVC system and disabled toilet alarms. These products, as you would expect from Baldwin Boxall, have an undeniable reputation of being robust and exceptionally reliable. (The company has recently gained Civil Defence Approval in the Middle East.)
Baldwin Boxall is a British designer and manufacturer and prides itself, not only on the quality of design and build of its products, but also on its customer service and support - which directors and staff believe is paramount to their success. Customer testimonials and long-term customer relationships prove this to be the case.
Nick Baldwin (marketing manager) and Nigel Bateman (export sales) will be on stand 4-H20 and look forward to meeting you.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
ac-etgreen-hippo-awardplasa-2017Green Hippo reflects on PLASA 2017
Thursday, 5 October 2017

UK - PLASA marked its 40th anniversary with a fantastic show at London Olympia, and Green Hippo took its place at the leading industry event. Green Hippo sent their Sales & Marketing team to present the media server product line.
On A.C.’s Entertainment Technologies stand, the exclusive UK distributor of Green Hippo, there was a space dedicated to Hippotizer demos, featuring a combination of LED and live capture of the crowd, showcasing Hippotizer Montane+, Green Hippo’s latest addition to its line of Hippotizer Media Servers. The new unit joins an awesome line-up of hugely powerful media servers, and this new Hippotizer package includes the likes of Notch, the real-time graphics workhorse. The arrival of Hippotizer Montane+ adds an invaluable new creative weapon to Green Hippo’s award-winning product armoury.
During the show, Green Hippo presented an award to A.C. Entertainment Technologies, highlighting 11 years of “fantastic work” as exclusive UK distributors.
PLASA also hosts the Knight of Illumination Awards and Green Hippo was proud to sponsor the influential industry event. The Knight of Illumination Awards, which closed PLASA on the Sunday night, was a further opportunity for Green Hippo to strut its stuff. Having identified the one spot where 100% attendee attendance was guaranteed – the bar – Green Hippo projection mapped this key area. Featuring logos and a sword animation – programmed by Lanz Short-Product Specialist, Alexander Zacharakis-Software Tester, and Suzy Stenning-Product Specialist at Green Hippo – the te

 
sungeunengineerAllen & Heath Qu in Korean church upgrade
Thursday, 5 October 2017

South Korea - Sungeun Church in Uijeongbu has selected a Qu-32 compact digital mixer, two AB168 remote IO racks, and a ME personal monitoring system from Allen & Heath as part of a new digitally-based AV system upgrade to its main chapel.
The new system needed to manage live sound reinforcement for services and events, multi-track recording for web streaming content, and personal monitoring for the musicians.
“The Qu-32 is intuitive, with plenty of outputs, great handling and quality faders and rotaries. The touchscreen is a good size and sensitivity, and gives a great overview as well as enabling fine control with a screen-dedicated rotary. And thanks to the custom layer function, you can assign fader strips as you want. I also really like the GEQ. Unlike other consoles, I can apply GEQ on every output channel, and there are 4 different EQ models in the library,” explains AV manager, Jongmin Lee.
As the Qu mixer is installed in a control room, Jongmin Lee uses the Qu-Pad iPad app to check monitor levels and room acoustics in the chapel. The two AB168 racks give flexibility to the musicians, offering simple and easy connection. The QU-32 also provides a 24bit/48kHz multi-track recording via DAW.
“The ME system’s set up functions and channel grouping is very easy and simple to use, and the sound quality superb, so the players are very satisfied,” concludes Jongmin Lee.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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